Syracuse Vocal Ensemble Julie Pretzat

After having previously served as Artistic Director for SVE from 1986 to 1990, Dr. Julie Pretzat returns to lead the organization as Artistic Director again.

Julie Pretzat began her conducting career as an undergraduate music major at Smith College, studying with Iva Dee Hiatt. She received her Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Michigan and her Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Elmer Thomas, John Leman, and Earl Rivers. She has held choral positions at Mount Holyoke College, Moorhead State University in Minnesota, Syracuse University, and SUNY Oswego.

As Director of Choral Activities at SUNY Oswego, Julie conducted many major operas, musicals, and choral works with orchestra, from requiems by Brahms and Verdi to the world premiere of Richard Einhorn's Origin for the 50th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species. In addition to her work with the college choirs, she has had the opportunity to direct Kitka, Anonymous 4, the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, and a massed choir for the international General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. She served as Music Director at Park Central Presbyterian Church for 20 years.

Since 2014, Julie has moved into college administration and away from her music career, partially due to shoulder injuries. She served as Associate and now Dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego. She is happy to have this opportunity to her return to her first passion—music.

Previous Artistic Directors

Yunn-Shan Ma, 2016-2017
Robert Cowles, 1996-2015
G. Roberts Kolb, 1990-1996
Julie Pretzat, 1986-1990
G. Burton Harbison, 1982-1986
John Armstrong, 1980-1982
Marietta Cheng, 1978-1979
Bruce Campbell, 1976-1978
Timothy Adams, 1973-1976

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"The music filled the space with incredible blend and rich, warm harmonies ... It was a truly stunning reading of these lesser performed gems."
Love and Light concert, March 2014
Abel Searor, Syracuse Post Standard
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"SVE gave a remarkable performance and the mundane concerns of life were transcended ... the audience held its collective breath, hesitating, unwilling to disturb the intensity of the experience."
The Rakhmaninov Vespers, 2010
Linda Loomis, Syracuse Post Standard
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"I have been a heartfelt fan of Syracuse Vocal Ensemble for many years. Every single concert by this fabulous group of singers has been musically engaging and often deeply moving ... I keep coming back to hear great music superbly sung."
Kevin Moore, pianist

"[SVE's concert] was, simply put, the finest choral performance I have ever heard in person."
Crystal LaPoint, composer

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